American Studies

Dr. Laura Henigman, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6860

The minor in American studies is based on the desirability of fostering an understanding of the whole of American civilization through study in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses in three groups: Multicultural, Ideas and the Arts and History and Politics and from fields including literature, history, the fine arts, philosophy and the social sciences. The American Studies program is a flexible one that students can relate to their own individual interests and needs while exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of American culture and its changing ideas and values.

The minor program in American studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. The requirement is the successful completion of 24 hours. Three of the 24 hours must consist of GAMST 200, Introduction to American Studies (previously AMST 250). No more than nine of the 24 hours may come from 100- or 200-level courses. Students must take two courses from each of the groups listed and one elective course chosen from any of the groups.

American Studies Courses

Core Credit

Requirements Hours

GAMST 200. Introduction to American Studies 3

Elective: One course from any of the groups below 3

Multicultural Studies 6

Choose two from the courses below:

ANTH 236. Race and Ethnic Relations

ANTH 312. The Native Americans

ANTH 265. People and Cultures in Latin America

GENG 260. Survey of African American Literature

HIST 320. Women in United States History

HIST 355 or HIST 356. Afro-American History

REL 330. African-African-American Religion

Ideas and the Arts

Choose two from the courses below: 6

ARTH 480. American Art to 1870 or

ARTH 482. American Art from 1870

ARTH 484. Art of the Americas

GENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From

the Beginning to the Civil War or

GENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From

the Civil War to the Modern Period

GMUS. Music in America

SMAD 372. Media History

THEA 485. American Theatre History

PHIL 370. American Philosophy

POSC 330. American Political Thought

History and Politics

Choose two from the courses below: 6

GHIST 225. United States History

GPOSC 225. U.S. Government

HIST 310. American Business History or

SOCI 302. Business in American Society

POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections or

POSC 385. Legislative Process

SCOM 346. Free Speech


AMST 490. May be substituted with prior approval the program coordinator.

Further information may be obtained from the program coordinator.